Russell Crowe no longer wants to hear about “Gladiator 2”, in which he does not star

Passing through the Karlovy Vary film festival, actor Russell Crowe did not hide his frustration about Ridley Scott’s next film: “Gladiator 2”.

CINEMA – Maximus Decimus Meridius is not happy and he lets it be known. While Ridley Scott is currently filming to direct Gladiator 2sequel to the five-time Oscar-winning peplum in the early 2000s, New Zealand actor Russell Crowe had a few complaints to address to those who are directly or indirectly interested in this new feature film.

Because if Russell Crowe is now inseparable from the role of Maximus, for which he also received the Oscar for best actor, he will not appear in this film by the British director which takes place several decades after the events of Gladiator.

Reason why the actor was slightly annoyed in front of journalists at the Czech Film Festival in Karlovy Vary this Saturday, July 1, as reported variety. ” They should pay me for the amount of questions I get asked about a movie I’m not even in “, first dropped Russell Crowe.

Quite logically excluded from this sequel due to the death of his character at the end of the first film released in 2000, the actor cannot hide a certain hint of jealousy when he sees this project taking shape far from him. ” It has nothing to do with me. In this world, I am dead. Six feet Under ground. But I admit to having a certain tinge of jealousy, because it reminds me of when I was younger and what it meant to me, in my life “said the actor.

Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridius in « Gladiator », released in 2000 ma at the cinema.

Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridius in “Gladiator”, released in 2000 at the cinema.

I don’t know anything about the cast, I don’t know anything about the plot. I am dead ! »he repeated to get rid of these repeated questions once and for all.

Not ” anything other than spectacular”

Russell Crowe is still a good player and obviously doesn’t hold it against Ridley Scott, with whom he played many times during his career (A Great Year, American Gangster, State Lies And Robin Hood).

“I know that if Ridley decided to do a second part of the story, more than 20 years later, he must have had very good reasons. I can’t think this movie is anything but spectacular “, recognizes the actor of 59 years.

Currently filming, Gladiator 2 will follow the consequences of the death of Maximus on the character of Lucius, the son of Lucilla (Connie Nielsen) and nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) seen in the first film. ” Lucius is very admiring of Maximus’ journey and should follow in his footsteps “, can we also read on the first synopsis of the film.

To embody, Lucius, camped in the first film by Spencer Treat Clark, Irishman Paul Mescal was chosen by Ridley Scott. A 27-year-old actor highly noticed after his role in aftersun in 2022. The rest of the cast will see Connie Nelson, Djimon Hounsou and Derek Jacobi return and add Pedro Pascal and Denzel Washington among the main roles. This sequel is expected in cinemas for the end of 2024.

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Russell Crowe no longer wants to hear about “Gladiator 2”, in which he does not star